• WHO vows tighter, broader action against tobacco, industry interference
    News NewsWHO vows tighter, broader action against tobacco, industry interference

    The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on Saturday to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies. The strategy, titled the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), aims to strengthen implementation of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), with a roadmap to guide the work of the convention parties, the secretariat and other stakeholders with regards to tobacco control from 2019 to 2025, Xinhua reported. "The adoption of this strategy marks a key milestone in strengthening the FCTC," said Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, head of the WHO FCTC Secretariat. "This strategy provides a very clear path forward, with priorities and objectives to reinforce government policies and accelerate global action for more effective implementation of the tobacco control treaty." The strategy was concluded during the eighth session (COP8) of the FCTC, which brought together over 1,200 participants, including delegations from 148 parties to the global tobacco control treaty and representatives of UN agencies, other intergovernmental organisations and civil society. They also agreed to maximize transparency to protect FCTC related sessions and proceedings from the intrusion of tobacco industry representatives and interests. "More than ever, we need to stay the course and strengthen our commitment to ensure that FCTC efforts to protect and promote public health and sustainable development are not hijacked by the tobacco industry," Costa e Silva said. "We must yield no ground to the tobacco industry." To prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies, the strategy requires parties to the treaty to protect national public health policies "from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry." In addition to tighter control actions, the parties also addressed the need for tobacco control efforts to integrate strategies to combat the destructive impacts of tobacco on the environment and sustainable development. Since it came into force in 2005, the FCTC has resulted in national strategies and legislation that have introduced health warning on packages of tobacco and comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. As the only existing global intergovernmental meeting exclusively devoted to tobacco control, the FCTC COP has served as a platform for policy formulation and the adoption of implementation mechanisms by the parties to the convention.

  • Watch: Donald Trump boards flight with sticking toilet paper
    News NewsWatch: Donald Trump boards flight with sticking toilet paper

    A video of the United States of America President Donald Trump boarding flight with a piece of paper sticking to his left shoe is fetching massive reactions on the social media.

  • Indonesia's quake, tsunami reaches 1,571, search mission extended
    News NewsIndonesia's quake, tsunami reaches 1,571, search mission extended

    The death toll in Indonesia's powerful earthquake and an ensuing tsunami in Sulawesi Island jumped to 1,571 on Friday while search and rescue for the victims was extended, officials said.

  • Nobel Peace Prize goes to anti-sexual violence campaigners
    News NewsNobel Peace Prize goes to anti-sexual violence campaigners

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the Peace Prize to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and former Islamic State (IS) sex slave turned activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of rape and sexual abuse against women in times of war and armed conflict.

  • World's richest royal families and their huge wealth: Inside story
    News NewsWorld's richest royal families and their huge wealth: Inside story

    The world is marked with royal families blessed with billions and trillions in their bank accounts. We have come up with list of regal houses and their estimated properties till date. Take a look-

  • Indonesia earthquake, tsunami toll climbs to 1,424
    News NewsIndonesia earthquake, tsunami toll climbs to 1,424

    Indonesian authorities on Thursday raised to 1,424 the death toll from the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked the island of Sulawesi last week.

  • Scary time for young men in US: Donald Trump
    News NewsScary time for young men in US: Donald Trump

    Reiterating his support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual misconduct, President Donald Trump has said it is a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US.

  • India or Pakistan: Here's the most dangerous country for women
    News NewsIndia or Pakistan: Here's the most dangerous country for women

    When it comes to women safety and domestic violence, very few countries across the globe can assure 100 percent women’s protection. Recently, Papua New Guinea, located in the north of Australia, has been described as one of the most dangerous countries for women.

  • Nobel Prize for Physics goes to scientists from US, Canada
    News NewsNobel Prize for Physics goes to scientists from US, Canada

    Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou from the US and Donna Strickland from Canada were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics".

  • Hoax calls force evacuation of Australian hospital
    News NewsHoax calls force evacuation of Australian hospital

    Two bomb threat calls on Tuesday forced an evacuation at a hospital in the Australian city of Melbourne, and 60 patients were moved to a nearby park, police said.